How To: Apply Bronzer

Here is the long-awaited tutorial on how to apply bronzer!

To use a liquid bronzer, simply mix a drop of product with your tinted moisturizer or foundation for an allover golden glow.

Alternatively, apply in the same way as cream and gel bronzers. Dab the product sparingly onto areas where the sun would normally hit you, i.e. cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Lightly pat until well blended.

For powder bronzers, dip a big fluffy brush like MAC Stippling Brush into the product. Tap off excess and brush it above the brow bone, under the cheek bone and along the jaw line, tracing a “3” on each side of your face. Blend well and finish by brushing a bit of bronzer to the neck, chest and shoulder areas as well.

Rule of Thumb: Always start with a light hand and build color gradually. If you apply too much, tone it down by blotting the area with some Kleenex or applying some loose powder on top.

Need a little more help? Check out this Video Tutorial On How To Apply Bronzer by celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson.

To see what bronzers I recommend, check out my bronzer reviews.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. hi Linda, here’s the breakdown:

    Eyes: any entries related to eyes, i.e. eyeshadow, eyeliner, false lashes etc.

    Face: any entries related to the face overall, i.e. foundation, concealer, contouring etc.

    Cheeks: any entries related to the cheeks

    Lips: any entries related to the lips

    Tools: any entries related to makeup tools

    Tutorials/How Tos: this section contains tutorials on how to do a certain look or how to apply makeup in general

    Beauty Breakdowns: this section contains breakdowns of celebrities, models or upcoming trends

    My Looks: this section contains faces I did and their breakdowns

    Reviews: this section contains reviews of prodcuts I have tried

    All About MAC: this section contains information about MAC’s upcoming collections and reviews

    Product Information: this section is similar to All About MAC except it is about other brands

    Nails: any entries related to nails

    Body: any entries related to the body

    Skincare: any entries related to skincare products

    Miscellaneous: anything that does not fit into the above categories

  2. Hi. I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on red lips. I’m an asian girl and I’ve always wanted deep red lips like that girl on the Devil Wears Prada, but I want my teeth to look white too, you know? I’m so bad at this stuff lol. Also, if possible, do you know if there’s a drugstore knockoff for the Stila Lip pots in Cerise?

  3. hey i was just wondering if u have any recommendation for hair salons or make up places for dances like homecoming and stuff just in case that we suck at make-up lol.

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